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Table of Contents
RAAF Meteorological Service
Chapter 1: The Weather Factor in Warfare
Chapter 2: Establishing and Developing the RAAF Directorate of Met. Services (D.Met.S)
Chapter 3: Recruiting and Training of Personnel
Chapter 4: Meteorology in Aviation
Chapter 5: The Met. Retreating
Chapter 6: The Met. Advancing
Chapter 7: The Met With the Army and the Navy
Chapter 8: Divisional Offices of the Bureau of Meteorology During the War
Chapter 9: Research and Instrumental Development
Chapter 10: The End, Aftermath, and Beyond
Chapter 10: The End, Aftermath, and Beyond (continued)
In the operations room, the CO, duty operations officer, and duty Met. officer were gathered.
'What's on?' I asked.
I looked at the current weather chart, and conferred with the duty Met. officer, Flying-Officer Bill Jordan of Queensland. The weather at Milne Bay was bad at the time, and showed every indication of deteriorating. The entrance to the Bay was through the treacherous China Straits. For a 13,190 ton aircraft carrier, of 969 feet length, such a passage in the prevailing conditions could only be extremely hazardous. 'It would be dangerous for the ship to attempt entry', I said to the assembled officers. I then explained the situation, and concluded by suggesting that Glory be advised to proceed to Rabaul and arrange the surrender there. The weather at Rabaul was good, and indications were that it would hold that way for at least 48 hours. A signal incorporating this advice was despatched to Glory. Shortly afterwards a peremptory acknowledgement was received, asking for confirmation. 'They seem to be ordering us to fix the bloody weather for them!' snapped the CO.
'General Sturdee was informed on 22 August 1945 that the British Pacific Fleet would probably make an aircraft carrier available for the surrender of the Japanese commanders on New Britain; later we learned that the carrier HMS Glory and other vessels as escort would be used.'
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